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Letters to the Editor

Wrong focus

May 7, 2008

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To the editor:

Please, for the sake of our nation and the rest of the world, focus on what is important.

I don't want to hear about what is wrong with Wright! I want to hear about right and wrong!

Were we right or wrong to go into this war? Are we right or wrong to stay in this war? Is our economy going the right way or the wrong way? Is a fuel tax holiday the right or the wrong thing for our country? Is continuing with the same type of politics that have gotten us to this point the right way or the wrong way?

Please, focus, focus, focus on right and wrong!

Rex Gardner,
Lawrence

Comments

ProudDad 5 years, 11 months ago

...and a second thought...which of the issues that are "only important to me" are not important to you? And why not? War?Economy?Fuel Tax Holiday?Politics as we know it today?

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ProudDad 5 years, 11 months ago

Wow! Team LJW readers what great feedback! Just a few thoughts...don't need to disrespect each other...we all share this country. Young Brent G.- I do believe that character is very important, and thanks for explaining that that is what VTHawk was writing about.bearded_gnome (cool handle!) - Don't mind hearing about Obama's relationship with Wright...heard it, processed it, now let's talk about other important issues. One thing I would suggest is to check out the difference between an "article" and an "opinion" piece. And the link is for a Philly newspaper while I believe the previous post that you refer to is a New York paper. Am a little confused about what you're wanting us to read to prove your assertions.

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i_tching 5 years, 11 months ago

Republicans are to "character" as the Wicked Witch of the West is to sparkly red shoes.

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Corey Williams 5 years, 11 months ago

What do you expect from a society that barely recognizes legitimate news but focuses more on Britney, P. Hilton, and who might be the next flopstar from American Idol? The less people know, the easier they are to handle.

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Daedalus 5 years, 11 months ago

"The editor must be pulling his hair out. This is the best he can publish out of all the submittals? This won't be winning any awards, you can bet on that."i think that this letter is extremely relevant to this election, and if you are more concerned about the quality or quantity of a letter rather it's content, then go get a teaching degree to criticize all you want.

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Daedalus 5 years, 11 months ago

"Mr. Gardner wants us to focus on what's important to Mr. Gardner and to ignore what's not important to him. Why did I waste my time reading this LTE?"What is most important to you? Your time or the state of the nation in which you live in? You must be a pretty busy person to complain about reading 8 sentences. If you want to make something of your time, which it seems a lot of people do that these days, why didn't you put your two cents in?"obama, through wright and the terrorist bomber buddy, we know he has a weak character and poor judgment. very relavent."i see you enjoy playing the game of ignorant assumptions?

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

link for article quoted in part above. the rest of the article is worth reading to get some black people's perspective on barry h. o'bama. http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/20080506_A_defense_of_Rev__Wright.html

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

from yesterday's phillidelphia daily news:....A New York Times article in April 2007 said Obama disinvited Wright from praying publicly at the launch of his campaign because Wright "could get a littlerough in [his] sermons." Thus, for Obama to say that in 20 years of church membership he never heard Wright say the things citedin the media shows himto be as typical a politician as Sen. Hillary Clinton or Sen. John McCain, willing to lie to get out of a tight spot. He got mad at Wright for pointingout an obvious truth.Obama then lambasted Wright, and the tip-off of his house-Negro status is that he said he was merely upset by what Wright said, but outraged by a videoof Wright's "performance." So it's not what Wright said that really bothered him, but that he acted so black when he said it.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

okay, mr. lte writer Gardner, it is time to take the beans out of your ears! you don't want to hear about barry h. obama's 20-year association witha bigoted antiamerican conspiracy nutbag? if a white republican candidate had even attended, let alone 20-years and lots of money support-even attended a racially separatist church led by a ranting nutbag equivalent to wright, you and your ilk would be wringing from the rafters denouncing him/her and the republican party.your media and your leaders, and you and your fellow democrats supporting barry h. obama are blatant hypocrites! now, take the beans outa your ears mr. gardner. and oh as to the war, it would be a disaster if we lose in iraq, and give al-qaeda victory. obama, endorsed by hamas! obama says he will pull troops out of iraq no matter what, then "if things get worse" he will put troops back in!!! that's really crazy and illustrates his total lack of judgment. obama, through wright and the terrorist bomber buddy, we know he has a weak character and poor judgment. very relavent.

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i_tching 5 years, 11 months ago

Perhaps it would be best for America if we simply chose our leaders based upon the size of their reproductive organs.That would make just as much sense as any of this Reverend Wright silliness.

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lucky_man 5 years, 11 months ago

"I think the editor publishes all letters, eventually. With some of the topics, it sure looks like it." Wrong. But thanks for the chuckle, Speakout. You never seemed that thick to me in the past. Are you alright? They "verify" the ones they want to publish, if they don't "verify" with the LTE writer, they don't get published.

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BigAl 5 years, 11 months ago

Very good letter Mr. Gardner. People in this country tend to focus more on the tabloid news than what is important. It is simple really, are you better off now than you were 8 years ago? Is America?

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 11 months ago

Mr. Gardner wants us to focus on what's important to Mr. Gardner and to ignore what's not important to him. Why did I waste my time reading this LTE?

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Speakout 5 years, 11 months ago

I think the editor publishes all letters, eventually. With some of the topics, it sure looks like it.

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lucky_man 5 years, 11 months ago

The editor must be pulling his hair out. This is the best he can publish out of all the submittals? This won't be winning any awards, you can bet on that.

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Brent Garner 5 years, 11 months ago

To summarize what I think VTHawk is saying: Character matters!

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VTHawk 5 years, 11 months ago

Mr. Gardner:I respect that you want to focus on the issues at present, but I disagree that they are the only important barometer for success. Politicians take positions on issues every day, and seldom mean exactly what they say. Neither BO or HRC are anti-NAFTA, but they both claim to be for expediency.The past actions of all three candidates are relevant. The fact that Senator Obama started his political career in the livingroom of two terrorists (Bill Ayres and Bernardine Dohrn) does have some significance. HRC's dealings with Chinese and Saudi donors are important as well. Senator McCain's past indiscretions are, likewise, important for determing his ability to serve as POTUS.Obviously policy is important. However, I think that the candidates pasts also have a place in the race.

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